Slender batons of untreated larch cover two extensions erected in the garden of this semi-detached home in London, as component of a refurbishment and remodelling by architecture studio Haptic .
London-based Haptic added an open-plan kitchen and dining space in the initial of two extensions to the rear of Highlever Residence, a two-storey Victorian property in west London.
The 2nd is a little guest annex positioned against the brick gable of a neighbouring residence at the bottom of the backyard.
Both are clad with narrow slats of untreated larch that will naturally grey in excess of time. Huge panels of glazing set into the ridged timber cover direct views into the garden, and trailing plants that hang from the backyard walls soften the outline of the two rectilinear volumes.
Relevant story: Timber-framed “bioclimatic” property with larch cladding by Tectoniques
“The untreated timber slats generate a surface, which seems soft, drape-like and tactile, with a subtle three dimensionality,” mentioned studio director Timo Haedrich.
Two huge skylights illuminate the white-painted kitchen and dining location, which are separated by a white breakfast bar with integrated storage.
Metal particulars like an angular extraction hood and taps contribute to a minimal aesthetic that contrasts the Victorian attributes in the original parts of the property.
“We utilised a limited palette of materials and colour, with oak and concrete featuring during the property and contrasting to the white walls and kitchen,” Haedrich advised Dezeen.
“These materials were used and comprehensive in a selection of methods to offer various tactile experiences for the family members.”
Poured-concrete floors visually tie the lounge at the front of the home with the kitchen and dining area at the rear. A quick flight of wooden actions leads from the sunken kitchen to the lounge, exactly where a fireplace is created into a slim concrete counter.
Even though the architects eliminated “unsympathetic” additions to the residence to make way for the new extensions, the Victorian layout, decorative moulding perform and a wooden staircase have been retained.
“The intention was to form a connection amongst the outdated and the new, to juxtapose the Victorian craftsmanship and really like for intricate detail with modern day building techniques and to create generosity of room and light,” explained Haedrich.
Outdated paintwork has been stripped from the wooden staircase that leads from the new timber floorboard of the property’s hallway to the 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom positioned across the upper storey.
“The original Victorian staircase was left intact with the patina on display,” said Haedrich. “We get pleasure from the contrast of this with the rest of the house, with crisp and refined detailing.”
The largest bedroom faces the street, while the remaining rooms have windows that overlook a decked patio by the kitchen and the garden beyond.
Photography is by Simon Kennedy.
Architect: Haptic Architects
Team: Timo Haedrich and Chris Wong
Ground and initial floor strategies Dezeen